PMA Certified Pilates Instructor | Owner, Wilder Pilates
Karen has studied the best of both worlds, the structure of classical pilates with Peak Pilates in Boulder, CO and added the therapeutic and restorative regimen of a more evolved pilates system with Polestar Pilates. Karen suffered a back injury in her 20’s and was introduced to pilates and found that practicing pilates on a regular basis greatly reduced her back pain, improved her posture and overall helped in her daily activities. Prior to her pilates teacher journey, Karen graduated from KU with a degree in pharmacy and taught group fitness classes for many years along with becoming an A.C.E. certified personal trainer.
Karen believes in the importance of continuing education so that she can bring the best value to her Pilates students. She is a licensed provider for Fletcher Towelwork™, Barrework™ and Floorwork™. She is also certified and licensed to teach Bootybarre® classes and even incorporates TRX with her private clients. Over the years Karen studied with some of the best Pilates mentors including Mejo Wiggin, Kathy Ross-Nash, Dana Santi, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Simona Cipriani, Alisa Wyatt, Leslie Logan and Anula Maiberg and more.
Karen is passionate about Pilates and world travel. She loves to combine the two while going on Pilates retreats or attending international teacher training workshops.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Julie discovered Pilates while searching for a fitness program that would bring relief to chronic knee pain she suffered after a childhood ACL injury. Pilates greatly diminished that pain, and enhanced her overall body awareness, strength, and flexibility. The benefits were apparent throughout her daily life. She decided to make a lifelong commitment to the Pilates program, and to share those benefits with others by becoming an instructor.
Julie completed the comprehensive training program from Balanced Body, and is a fully certified Pilates Instructor. She teaches classes with a wide variety of disciplines, including Reformer, mixed equipment, mat, and barre classes. She loves working one-on-one with clients to address specific concerns, setting individualized goals, and working with them towards their success.
When she is not in the studio, Julie enjoys dating her husband and searching for hidden gems in the Kansas City area. She is a proud mother to three beautiful adult children. She always takes Pilates classes while on personal vacations, adding fresh, new ideas to her own routines from instructors from all over the world.
PMA Certified Pilates Instructor
Amber found Pilates while rehabbing from an injury in 2009, and knew from the moment she got on the reformer that teaching Pilates was a career path that she was destined to pursue. She had been a student of Iyengar yoga for over four years and found that Pilates provided an ideal compliment to balance her physical body by strengthening and toning her muscles, while also continuing to calm the mind. With a master’s degree in Higher Education, Amber spent 10 years working in a university setting, where she assisted students in better understanding and achieving their academic goals, as well as helping to develop a variety of leadership programs. Amber has been happy to transition her education and leadership background to the Pilates & fitness world. She is passionate about the emotional connection to the physical body, and strongly believes that Pilates is a way for everyone to better understand and experience this connection. She enjoys working with individual clients as well as small groups and gains great satisfaction in helping each person achieve a mind/body balance.
Amber completed her comprehensive teacher training program through Centerworks® Pilates Institute. She has also completed Yogafit Level 1 & Prenatal Yoga training, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and CrossFit Level 1 Coach.
Outside of the studio, Amber is often searching for new ways to challenge herself physically & mentally through CrossFit, weightlifting, yoga, and meditation. She also enjoys traveling and cooking healthy yet delicious meals.
Pilates Mat and Reformer Certified, Personal Best Pilates Academy / D.K. Body Balancing Method
Amy was first introduced to Pilates at the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with at degree in Dance. She was a Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader for 6 seasons. While cheering for the Chiefs Amy was captain for 4 seasons, 2006 Pro Bowl Cheerleader and had the opportunity to travel to military bases all over the world performing in the USO tours. After “retiring” from cheering, Amy decided to follow through with her passion for Pilates. She is now certified in Pilates Mat and Reformer through Personal Best Pilates Academy and D.K Body Balancing Method.
Amy loves the strength, flexibility, and overall mental awareness that a great Pilates workout provides. She incorporates her knowledge of dance into her Pilates practice to provide a one of a kind experience. Seeing her clients set and achieve their goals while learning proper form and alignment is what motivates her as an instructor.
Outside the studio, Amy is usually spending time with her family. She resides in Lenexa, Kansas with her husband, 2 children and a puggle.
Hatha Yoga Certified 200+ Hours
Angel began her journey circa 2009. She is CYT at 300+ hours with a concentration in Hatha; studying in Denver, Colorado. As a practitioner, Angel weaves the principles of yoga into her life through asana, philosophy, pranayama, and meditation. She is fascinated with the deeply healing effects of subtle, energetic breath-to-movement practices. “I am influenced by it all – the dynamic series, refined alignments, and traditional postures.”
In addition to being a yoga teacher, Angel has a degree in studio art daylighting as a graphic designer and artist. She and her husband enjoy a simple life of the outdoors, music, and surrounding themselves with friends and family.